Many factors result in car accidents, and sometimes multiple causes
contribute to a single accident. Factors include the following:
Car accidents often carry legal consequences in
proportion to the severity of the accident. Nearly all common law
jurisdictions impose some kind of requirement that parties involved in a
collision (even with only stationary property) must stop at the scene,
and exchange insurance or identification information or summon the
police. Failing to obey this requirement is the crime of hit and run.
Most car accidents can be settled without using an attorney.
Parties involved in an accident may face criminal
liability, civil liability, or both. Usually, the state starts a
prosecution only if someone is severely injured or killed, or if one of
the drivers involved was clearly intoxicated or otherwise impaired at
the time the accident occurred. Charges might include driving under the
influence of alcohol, assault with a deadly weapon, manslaughter, or
murder; penalties range from fines to jail time to prison time to death.
As for civil liability, automobile accident personal
injury lawsuits have become the most common type of tort. Because these
cases have been litigated often in the developed First World nations,
the legal questions usually have been answered in prior judgments. So,
the courts most usually decide solely the factual questions of who is at
fault, and how much they (or their insurer) must pay out in damages to
the injured plaintiff.
Another element of civil liability involves the administrative fines or license suspension/revocation that may be imposed by a civil authority when a driver has violated the rules of the road and thus the terms of a driver's license. Such complaint may be filed by a police officer or sometimes by other witnesses of an incident.
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